Monday, October 26th 2009

Gigabyte Readies GA-EX58-Extreme2, Jumps the USB 3.0 and SATA 6 Gb/s Bandwagon

The inclusion of USB 3.0 and SATA 6 Gb/s into the feature-sets of mid-thru-high end motherboards, have sparked off a mini wave of motherboard SKUs carved out on the basis of these features alone. Gigabyte, which recently unveiled its P55A family of socket LGA-1156 motherboards, has just done the same for its high-end socket LGA-1366 motherboard, with the introduction of the GA-EX58-Extreme2. Unlike other motherboards by the company that simply slipped in USB 3.0 and SATA 6 Gb/s while retaining essentially the same component layout, the GA-EX58-Extreme2 is a completely new design, that does not look similar to that of its predecessor, the GA-EX58-Extreme.

Gigabyte made use of not one, but two Marvell 88SE9123 2-port 6 Gb/s controllers, to give out four 6 Gb/s ports (color-coded white), all internal. Furthermore, two USB 3.0 controllers have been included to provide four ports. Unlike its predecessor, the GA-EX58-Extreme2 provides four PCI-Express 2.0 x16 slots (electrical x16, NC, x16, NC; x16, NC, x8, x8; or x8, x8, x8, x8, depending on how they're populated.) The CPU is powered by a 24-phase circuit, and is wired to six DDR3 DIMM slots to support up to 24 GB of memory across a triple-channel interface. The chipset and VRM cooler supports water-cooling. The rest of its feature-set remains in tune with its predecessor: six SATA 3 Gb/s ports, dual gigabit Ethernet, 8-channel audio, and support for both ATI CrossFireX and NVIDIA SLI technologies. Gigabyte may include this into the wave of products it plans to launch ahead of the winter shopping season. A video preview can be watched at the source.

Source: TweakTown
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37 Comments on Gigabyte Readies GA-EX58-Extreme2, Jumps the USB 3.0 and SATA 6 Gb/s Bandwagon

#1
Chicken Patty
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Zubasa said:
Yes, built in water block. :toast:
so basically you just hook up the lines and that's it?
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Zubasa
Chicken Patty said:
so basically you just hook up the lines and that's it?
Exactly.
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Chicken Patty
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Zubasa said:
Exactly.
Awesome, so bascially you get a board with a NB block already :D GB really got a winner there :)
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#4
SK-1
Chicken Patty said:
:confused:
:)

It is=tis
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Chicken Patty
WCG Moderator
SK-1 said:
:)

It is=tis
Thanks for clearing that up :toast:
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#6
theubersmurf
I've been waiting for this refresh of x58 mobos, pcie, sata, and usb 3.0, and hopefully lucid logix chips...well perhaps. I still have yet to see actual third party benchmarks with one. But if they perform as described by some journalists...I would buy a new motherboard.
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#7
csendesmark
I currently have the "old" EX58-Extreme mobo, and It's amazing, and I missig features like SATA3 and USB3 from it

Extreme 2 will rock!
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Chicken Patty
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theubersmurf said:
I've been waiting for this refresh of x58 mobos, pcie, sata, and usb 3.0, and hopefully lucid logix chips...well perhaps. I still have yet to see actual third party benchmarks with one. But if they perform as described by some journalists...I would buy a new motherboard.
Lucid will be something to see my friend, can't wait.
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#9
Bjorn_Of_Iceland
I have to admit.. that whole asus ROG thing tricked me. (had 2 RoG boards) Meh. never again. Ima going gigabyte next time.
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#11
REVHEAD
That board looks great, but I really think its better to wait for Intel to adopt there own tech, like Sata 3 and USB 3 before using a board with 3rd party chips. Allso if you have PCI soundcard were screwed, allso unless your running water your screwed with a PCIE soundcard allso.
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#12
Wshlist
Peeved

They've been announcing this with similar vagueness for over a year now I think, I consider it vaporware unless I see one in a shop with my own eyes, and I don't see that happen really, for some reason gigabyte doesn't want to update the x58 platform currently.

In their defense I'm going to guess they are waiting for statements from intel to solidify, seeing they get info early and if they were told there would be some x59 or something (VRD-12 perhaps?) they might be holding introduction to avoid having a production line of expensive boards and have intel a week later come with a new chipset revision that is required for the next CPU's.
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